Thursday 20 September 2018

TV star Chris confirms that a Moone Boy film is in the works


Rumours have been circulating for months that a Moone Boy movie is on the cards and Chris O'Dowd has finally admitted that a follow-up project is being planned.

The show has had three successful seasons and is currently making waves Stateside.

Moone Boy follows the antics of schoolboy Martin Moone and his imaginary friend, Sean Murphy - played by O'Dowd - and is set in Chris's hometown of Boyle in Co Roscommon.

"We're working on a special or a film," Chris said.

"I felt it needed a little break because I thought we had written all the stories for an 11-year-old that we could conjure up.


"So we thought it would be fun to revisit when he's 14, 15 and dealing with girls, so we'll have more opportunities to go into different kinds of plots.

"Does he have this imaginary friend forever? Maybe that would be something that would be fun when it's far less reasonable to have an imaginary friend - and somewhat tragic," he added.

The show is semi-autobiographical and Chris says that David Rawle, who plays Martin, has taken on the part brilliantly.

"He's much more charming than I was at that age," said O'Dowd. "I think when you get to write a version of yourself, the number one thing is to make them more charming than you remember yourself being.

"As time went on we realised we could trust him to deliver nearly anything; we never really had to explain a joke to him.

"It's a family-friendly show - it was never going to be particularly dirty or whatever - but sometimes timing-wise there can be complexities, and he always got it," he added.

Meanwhile, Chris who created the show with Vincent Murphy is adapting the series for US channel ABC and has co-written a book, Moone Boy: The Blunder Years.

We will also hear the 35-year-old's voice on the new Aer Lingus ads, which are set to be rolled out in the coming months.

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